Viktor Yashtylov: Smooth Squat Tomato (Magnetic Stem)

Product Number: 002-523-0017

An interesting combination of implied forward motion, low-oriented gesture and Danish-inspired shaping, this full-bodied Tomato from Viktor Yashtylov is a stellar smoker, and not one without the Russian carver's characteristically detailed, seriously organic sense of style. Indeed, there's an emphasis on width here, with the dirigible-like corpulence up front giving way to an soft, undulating rim gently faced-off around the chamber. And though Viktor's shaping and stem work really seems to catch the eye, there's a subtle detail at play here that should certainly excite esteemed collectors.

Viktor's made fine use of an Ivarsson-esque teardrop line at the shank, though the way he went about it is quite unique. Rather than allowing form to culminate in a crisp, single ridge, Viktor opted to guide the region into something of a comma or apostrophe-shape, serving to more distinctly define the guiding line in profile, like that of the pinched ridge you might see from the likes of Tokutomi, though executed in a much more precise (as opposed to overtly natural-esque) way. Beautifully married to one of Viktor's gorgeous magnetic stems by way of a convex base and concave mortise-face, this fellow is likely to become a standout amongst your briars.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.12 in./130.05 mm.
  • Weight: 2.85 oz./80.74 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.31 in./58.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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